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ONE MISSED CALL ($29) is a serviceable enough ghost story that doesn’t break any new ground, but offers enough creepy moments and occasional jolts for an evening of popcorn munching. Based upon the Japanese horror film CHAKUSHIN ARI, this is another "ghost in the machine" terror tale where the supernatural invades technology. The premise of ONE MISSED CALL finds one attractive twenty something after another meeting their demise at the hands of an unknown force. However, prior to their deaths, each victim’s cell phone registers "one missed call," plus a voicemail from themselves, indicating the date and time of their demise. Running a scant eighty-seven minutes, ONE MISSED CALL doesn’t waste any time on character development, but moves from one supernatural death to the next, offering only enough plot in between to direct the central characters to the malevolent force that is responsible. The cast of ONE MISSED CALL features Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho, Meagan Good, Rhoda Griffis, Dawn Dininger, Ariel Winter, Sarah Jean Kubik, Raegan Lamb and Karen Beyer.

Warner Home Video has made ONE MISSED CALL available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. A full screen version is included on the opposite side of the disc, but is not reviewed here. The standard definition DVD presentation compares favorably to its hi-def counterpart, but neither is makes for a demo disc in their respective format. ONE MISSED CALL is a modestly budgeted horror movie, which is exactly what it looks like on DVD. Image sharpness and detail are good enough, but some sequences do appear a little softer than others. Colors are on the drab side, even more so on DVD than they appear on the Blu-ray version. Blacks are accurately rendered, as are the whites. Contrast is good enough, although shadow detail is limited. The elements from which ONE MISSED CALL are transferred are free from effects. Grain is milder than I would have expected. Digital compression artifacts are not really an issue.

ONE MISSED CALL comes with a workmanlike Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Like the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on the Blu-ray version, there isn’t much to speak of here… the sound design is fairly flat much of the time. There are a couple of showy sequences where they outlying channels spring to life, but much of ONE MISSED CALL is on the talky side, with modest ambient sounds being present. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some previews for other horror titles.

ONE MISSED CALL will kill an evening, but isn’t particularly original or memorable.



One Missed Call (2008)



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